Perfecting Connecting: 3 Steps to Building a Strong Network
I’m a firm believer that you’re only as strong as your network of friends and colleagues. They have the ability to take you to new heights, and prevent you from falling to unbelievable lows.
Because of this tremendous value to your life and career, I wanted to give you some insights into establishing a strong network of your own. I know this is on Medium, but this is only a top-level view of what it takes. Regardless, I believe it will offer you a sturdy foundation from which you can build.
The first step in creating any relationship, is making one. The more connections you make, the more likely you are to have the doors of opportunity open.
These opportunities can happen anywhere and everywhere, you just have to keep your eyes open.
Now for some, meeting new people can seem daunting, and I get it. I have shy tendencies. To motivate myself, I try to remember that I may not get this opportunity again, so I can’t miss out. This, at minimum, gets me to introduce myself. And that’s all you need to get a relationship started.
After developing a relationship, it is critical to keep in touch.To maintain the relationship, I recommend trying to remember important dates or events. Additionally, if you come across something that they may find helpful or interesting, don’t hesitate to send it their way.
These actions may seem little, but they go a long way. This lets the person know that you actually listened to them when they spoke. More selfishly and professionally beneficially, this keeps you top of mind (in a good way). If the only time you contact them is when you need help, the relationship can easily become sour.
Before I move on, I also want to say, you never want to a burn bridge because you never know when you will need to cross it.
Keep Your Promises
Most importantly, when cultivating a relationship you need to keep your promises. Besides directly meeting people, this is the next best way to gain new acquaintances. If a person knows you’re reliable, they’re going to be more than willing to tell others about you and your services. Sharing a trustworthy contact makes them look good and builds up their credibility, as well as yours.
Networking is a vital tool in launching and maintain a successful career. The ideas and services provided by the people you come in contact may prove to be invaluable.